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SM 6/4/17


[48] Amended design for the ground floor


Design for the Alterations and Additions at Aynho


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, W.R.Cartwright Esqre

Signed and dated

  • 19.05/1800
    May 19 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (553 x 684)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


The idea of a semicircular portico to the entrance hall on the north side of the house first appears on drawing [35] where a domed ceiling for the hall is suggested. Earlier drawings [20, 25, 27] have a simple porch fronting a hall with a stair that was later removed by Soane.



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